Sarah Au was born in Tucson, Arizona where they were raised among saguaros, where summers smelled of creosote. They received an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Public Health from the University of Arizona. This access to an academic analysis of the systematic power structures that perpetuate poverty helped contextualize their experience of living through generational poverty, and ultimately fueled a fierce fire to facilitate equitable change. Sarah delved deep into community organizing with a purpose of empowering marginalized communities through arts and storytelling. They are a passionate writer, cook, body-worker and earth-appreciator and dream of using their gifts to develop sustainable intersectional healing justice communities and increasing access to integrative healing modalities for collective liberation.
Lisa Bowden,Publisher and Co-Founder, is the editor of Autumnal: A Collection of Elegies, co-editor of Powder: Writing by Women in Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, and co-adapter and director of Coming in Hot (a play based on Powder). She has developed Kore’s 25-years long list of titles and artists, and award-winning community programming as a Publisher, literary activist, artist, editor, and intersectional feminist culture worker. She is a recipient of the Maryann Campau Fellowship for poetry from the University of Arizona Poetry Center and a Woman on the Move Award from the YWCA. A poet who has worked with an improvisational ensemble of dancers, writers, and musicians, Lisa studied English and Philosophy at the University of Arizona and in London. She lives in Tucson with her partner Eve and daughter Djuna. Her poetry can be found at backroomlive.wordpress.com, Spiralorb.net, and thedrunkenboat.com.
Ann Dernier,Managing Editor, has served Kore Press in a significant editorial capacity since 2004. She is the editor of The Best of Kore Press, 2012 Poetry. She was director of the Tucson Writers’ Project at the Tucson Public Library and a juried artist on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. She received a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her collection, In The Fury (Grey Book Press, 2015), was a finalist for the 2013 Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry and a semi-finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series for Poetry First Book Award.
Jussara Esprit, Submissions Manager & Marketing, is a graduate from The Honor’s College at The University of Arizona, where she is majored in English Literature. After finding her voice in writing and passion for reading, she works with Kore Press to empower other women through literature. In her free time she loves to work on various art pieces, always with as much glitter and color as possible. Although her family and friends disagree, she is a comedian.
Sahar Mitchell grew up on the East Coast but has made the Southwest her home for the past 17 years. She is one of few graduates of both Wellesley College and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Sahar is the Managing Director of the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts and can be seen engaging in shenanigans with the Strange Family Circus. Sahar has won several poetry slams in Phoenix, AZ with her dynamic writing and performance style and has recently turned her focus to writing short stories and creative nonfiction. Sahar’s work has appeared in the literary and art magazine SandScript where she won First Place in the prose competition for the 2016 publication.